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Attorneys battle over venue for Caesars bankruptcy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:32
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A court battle over whether the bankruptcy case of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. should proceed in Delaware or in Illinois was postponed Monday because of a snowstorm bearing down on the East Coast.

Report: Mom apologized after allegedly setting baby afire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:30
PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — A newspaper reports that a New Jersey woman accused of dousing her newborn daughter with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road repeatedly said, "I'm sorry," as a man held her down moments after the incident occurred.

Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:28

Shanté Wolfe, left and Tori Sisson embrace near the Montgomery County Courthouse, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala., where they plan to stay overnight to be married Monday morning. A federal judge has stayed her order overturning Alabama's gay marriage ban for two weeks. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage — a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal.

FBI investigating online threats that affected 3 flights

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI says it is trying to determine who made online threats involving three commercial airline flights, causing the evacuation of two and the diversion of another.

Feds announce charges in New York Russian spy ring case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:15
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say three people are charged in connection with a Russian spy ring that tried to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources.

Feds announce charges in Russian spy ring case, say 3 defendants tried to recruit New Yorkers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Feds announce charges in Russian spy ring case, say 3 defendants tried to recruit New Yorkers.

NJ Transit to shut down system Monday night

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:13

NJ Transit to shut down system Monday nightNJ Transit says that it will shut down service starting at 8 p.m. Monday and that commuter trains won't be restored until at least Thursday morning.

Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell will be free during appeal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:09
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions, a federal court ruled Monday.

Gov. Chris Christie declares State of Emergency for New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:04

Gov. Chris Christie declares State of Emergency for New JerseyGovernor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey as a major winter storm bears down on the region.

Union says California Kaiser nurses reach contract agreement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:57
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kaiser Permanente nurses in California have approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said.

Hard Rock (again) dips toe into Atlantic City casino market

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:56
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Florida's Seminole Indians are renewing their torturous debate about entering Atlantic City's gambling market.

Uber caps surge pricing during winter storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:55
NEW YORK (AP) — Want a ride home from car service Uber during the major snowstorm descending on the Northeast on Monday? Expect to pay more than the usual fare.

Uber limits price hikes in New York City snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:54
(Reuters) - Uber, the app-based ride-hailing service that has attracted criticism for jacking up prices at times of high demand, has told New York City customers that it will charge no more than 2.8 times the usual fare for trips during the snowstorm that began hitting the city on Monday. The company is hoping to head off charges of price gouging after it raised fares by much higher multiples during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which resulted in a flood of criticism that it was taking advantage of stricken customers. "Due to the State of Emergency declared in New York City, prices will not exceed 2.8x the normal fare," Uber said in an email to users of its app on Monday. The company said the fee policy is in line with an agreement it signed with the State of New York's attorney general in July last year that was designed to prevent massive price surges.

Defense seeks to have charges tossed against Guantanamo prisoner

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:48

Undated handout image of Abd al Hadi al IraqiBy Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A defense attorney on Monday sought the dismissal of charges against a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, saying the United States was violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Abd al Hadi al Iraqi at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba is an international tribunal but prosecutors are using domestic laws to try him, said defense attorney Air Force Major Ben Stirk. "That's not the international law of war," Stirk said in a pre-trial hearing. His attorneys say charges that Hadi al Iraqi conspired to commit murder were based on U.S. law rather than the international law of war that could protect combatants from criminal liability.

Identical twins who spilled cartel secrets to be sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:46

This undated photo from a wanted poster released by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Pedro Flores. Flores and his twin brother, Margarito Flores, are scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Jan, 27, 2015, at federal court in Chicago on drug trafficking charges. The Flores twins cut deals to buy tons of narcotics from Joaquin "El Chapo” Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel in the 2000s, and later cooperated with U.S. investigators. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)CHICAGO (AP) — In the underworld of illegal drug trafficking, identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores rose from middling Chicago dealers to partners of Mexico's most notorious cartel lord, eventually building a nearly $2 billion franchise that spanned much of North America.

Cops: Ex-Fox producer kills himself outside NYC headquarters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:37

News Corp buildingNEW YORK (AP) — A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself to death outside the company's New York headquarters Monday, shortly after handing out fliers saying the company had ended his career, police said.

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:27

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2014 file photo Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks in Manassas, Va. The Obama administration Monday announced a plan to shift Medicare payments it makes to hospitals and doctors so they reward quality over volume. Officials said they hoped the move would be a catalyst for the entire health-care system."It is in our common interest to build a health care system that delivers better care, spends health care dollars more wisely and results in healthier people," Burwell said in a statement. A broad cross-section of health-care industry representatives attended the announcement, including insurers, hospitals, and doctors, as well as employers, who pay for coverage for most workers and their families.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3-trillion health care system.

Man fatally shoots self outside News Corp building in New York

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:26
A man shot and killed himself in an apparent suicide on Monday outside the News Corp office building in midtown Manhattan, police said. The 41-year-old man, whose identity was not officially released, shot himself in the chest outside 1211 Sixth Avenue and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the New York Police Department. The Wall Street Journal and other local media identified the man as Phillip Perea, a former employee of a Fox television station in Austin, Texas. He had been handing out flyers criticizing Fox, which is owned by News Corp, and left messages on Twitter and a video on YouTube complaining about losing his job, the Journal and other news outlets reported.

Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell can remain free during his appeal of corruption convictions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:21
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell can remain free during his appeal of corruption convictions.

U.S. top court rules for employer in retiree benefits fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:09

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change. On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-based chemical company Mossi & Ghisolfi International, by sending the case back for further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Allyson Ho, the company's lawyer, said the Supreme Court's ruling "sends a strong message that restores a level playing field in benefits litigation nationwide." Nearly 500 plaintiffs from Ohio who had worked at the M&G polyester plant in Apple Grove, West Virginia, sued in 2006 when the company said retirees would be required to contribute to their healthcare costs.